San Francisco 49ers rookie defensive back Jimmie Ward, the team’s first-round draft pick in May and starting nickel defensive back, “probably” will not play this weekend against the New York Giants, according to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
"He sustained an injury in the game the other day with his foot," Fangio said of Ward. "Probably don’t expect him to play this week. And we’ll go from there."
Ward had a Jones fracture in his right foot that required surgery in March. It was a surprise at the time to Ward, who participated in his pro day at Northern Illinois but sat out the scouting combine.
Fangio was asked if Ward had the same injury.
"I don’t know," Fangio said. "Nobody’s told me that it’s a Jones fracture or anything. I know it’s in his foot, the same foot that he injured prior. I don’t know the exact particulars of it."
Ward, who has 20 tackles and two passes defensed in eight games, did not practice Wednesday.